Drakkar Klose


Poor fight IQ leads to loss
March 7, 2020
Klose lost to Beneil Dariush via KO (punch) at 1:00 of Round 2 at UFC 248 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Klose has no one to blame for this loss but himself. He was closing in on the biggest victory of his career after smashing Dariush with a couple massive punches but he got reckless, disregarded his defense, and paid for it with the first stoppage loss of his career. Klose is known for his aggressiveness but what happened inside the octagon Saturday was recklessness, not aggressiveness. The loss is made all the more debilitating due to the fact Klose survived multiple deep rear-naked choke attempts in Round 1. He managed to see the final bell and looked good in the opening portion of Round 2 before things went south. The lack of stopping power in Klose's hands combined with his brawling mentality is why he is best viewed as a depth option at 155 pounds as opposed to a legitimate contender.
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Draws Dariush at UFC 248
December 21, 2019
Klose (11-1-1) will face Beneil Dariush (17-4-1) in a lightweight matchup at UFC 248 on March 7, MMAJunkie.com reports.
After Dariush was forced to withdraw from their scheduled fight at UFC Sacramento in July, the two fighters will get the chance to face off in March. Klose brought his winning streak to three fights when he defeated Christos Giagos via unanimous decision at UFC 241 in August, although all of his fights under the UFC banner have gone to the judges. Dariush presents his most challenging opponent yet, as he defeated Frank Camacho via submission (rear-naked choke) at UFC Singapore in October to add to his already impressive resume. Dariush has height and reach advantages, as well as better striking volume and striking differential metrics. The pair is nearly even in offensive wrestling numbers, but Dariush has a better takedown defense and has shown to be a more seasoned fighter in the past.
Earns tough win at UFC 241
August 17, 2019
Klose defeated Christos Giagos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 241 on Saturday in Anaheim.
Klose threw everything but the kitchen sink at Giagos and he still couldn't get the stoppage. Both men landed massive shots in what was an all-out brawl from the very start. Klose has proven in the past that he has little interest in defending himself on the feet and that was once again the case in this bout. While Klose is both tough and insanely durable, he is the type of fighter who is willing to eat a huge punch in order to land two of his own, and those guys tend to struggle when tasked with facing better competition. Klose survived on Saturday, but it remains to be seen if he will have that same type of success against an opponent who isn't willing to engage him in the brawl he is desperately seeking.
Added to UFC 241
July 25, 2019
Klose will take on Christos Giagos in a lightweight matchup at UFC 241 on Aug. 17, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Klose was recently scheduled for a matchup in Sacramento that was scrapped in early-July, but UFC matchmakers were able to get him a new opponent in relatively short order. Both fighters will enter on two-fight winning streaks, though it's Giagos with a slight edge in both height and reach. Klose, though not considered a high-volume strike, outpaces Giagos in that department, while Giagos completes nearly three takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time. Those won't come as easy against Klose, however, as he owns a 70 percent takedown defense.
Scrapped from UFC Sacramento
July 9, 2019
Klose was removed from the UFC Sacramento card on Tuesday, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
Klose's opponent, Beneil Dariush, was forced to pull out of Saturday's bout due to an undisclosed injury. While the UFC did say they were attempting to find a replacement for Dariush, it appears they aren't optimistic about getting a fighter cleared on such short notice.
Needs new opponent in Sacramento
July 7, 2019
Klose will need a new opponent for Saturday's UFC on ESPN+ 13 after Beneil Dariush withdrew with an undisclosed injury, John Morgan of MMA Junkie reports.
While Dariush's withdrawal does come on such short notice, it looks like the UFC is attempting to find a replacement fighter within the week. So, as of now, look for Klose to remain on the card for Saturday's event.